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Viking Cruises to launch expedition ships

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Viking Cruises is entering the burgeoning expedition cruise market, it has been revealed.

The line said that it will launch two ships, Viking Octantis and Viking Polaris, in 2022. Select itineraries are currently available only to past guests, before general sales open in early 2020.

Each Polaris-class ship will carry 378 guests and offer Polar Class 6 hull specifications. The ships will have six cabin categories, with the smallest starting at 218 square feet.

In a statement, a Viking spokesperson said: “I can confirm that Viking is in the process of launching new expedition cruises. For now, we are rolling out Viking Expeditions to our loyal past guests – and their travel agents – for an exclusive preview of these new voyages.

“We are not providing any additional information at this point, but we will unveil all details about our new expeditions product when it is publicly announced on 15 January 2020.”

Among the options available for early booking is an Antarctic Explorer programme sailing from Ushuaia in early 2022, with each cruise at 13 nights for the inaugural season. Early bird prices start at $15,393pp. Embarkation will be in Buenos Aires, before a charter flight to Ushuaia.

In addition, there will be an Arctic Adventure itinerary available for past guests for early booking, sailing roundtrip from Tromso in August and September 2022.

This story is being updated.

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